Now it’s been reported that a platform has been found and that the car is on track for a debut in early 2015, more than two years later than originally planned.
Like the previous generation, sold in Europe between 1999 and 2005, the new A2 is thought to be a tallish practical hatch that will sit between the A1 and A3 models in Audi’s lineup. It will also feature aluminum in its construction, but this time only for its body and not its platform as well. In this way Audi will be able to keep the car at a reasonable pricetag, solving one of the biggest issues of its expensive predecessor.
Audi A2 1999-2005
The electric version should have a range of about 150 miles on a single charge and its motor will output around 75 to 110 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid model will likely feature a downsized three-cylinder engine, either gasoline or diesel, and should offer an electric-only range of about 40 to 60 miles. Note that Audi has ditched the cool Wankel rotary hybrid drivetrain of the original A1 e-tron concept, a vehicle thought to be a preview of the new A2.
The computer generated rendering above gives a good indication as to what the new A2 may look like, revealing a traditional hatchback body with a five-door design.
No word on whether this A2 will be offered in the U.S. but by the time 2015 arrives, anything is possible.